Sen. Coats Pens Bipartisan Letter on Sanctions for Russian Arms Dealer
March 27, 2014 — Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, today joined Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) in leading a bipartisan letter to President Obama calling for sanctions against Russia’s Rosoboronexport, the sole state agency for export of Russian weapons systems and defense-related goods.
Earlier this week, Coats introduced an amendment to the Ukrainian aid bill currently under consideration in the Senate that would prohibit the United States government from doing any business with Rosoboronexport and terminate any existing contracts or agreements.
In their letter, the senators write, “We call on you to cancel all existing DoD contracts with Rosoboronexport, as well as any plans for future deals, and impose sanctions to ban contracts with any company that cooperates with Rosoboronexport on military programs. Doing so would require our foreign partners to make a choice between America and Putin.”
The Cornyn-Coats letter was signed by Senators Coats, Cornyn, Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), David Vitter (R-La.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H).